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Cardona’s Market

The Over-30 Club

As Metroland celebrates 30 years in business, we extend our congratulations to the many other area businesses that have established themselves as members of the “Over-30 Club.” This list is far from comprehensive; we will continue to recognize other long-time businesses in the weeks to come.

Albany Jewish Community Center

Albany Civic Theater

Albany Institute of History and Art

Albany Symphony Orchestra

The Ale House

Altamont Orchard

Amore Clothing

Andy & Sons

Arlene’s Artist Materials

Banjo and Guitar Studio

Downtube Cycle Shop

Bennington Museum

Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Theater Festival


The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Caffe Lena

Cardona’s Market

Civitello’s Bakery

Cohoes Music Hall

Cornell’s Restaurant

Crandell Theatre

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

DeCrescente Distributors

De Fazio’s Pizza

Downtube Cycle Shop

Drome Sound

Drue Sanders

Perreca’s Bakery

Eighth Step

The Egg


Famous Lunch

Franklin Plaza George’s Market

Glen Sanders Mansion

Golden Cue

Guido’s Marketplace

Gus’s Hot Dogs

Hamilton Hill Art Center


Hilton Music Center

Hoffman’s Playland

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Holmes & Watson

Honest Weight Food Co-op

Hubbard Hall

Hunter Mountain

Indian Ladder Farms

Jack’s Oyster House

Jean Paul Salon

Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-in


The Hyde Collection

The Knowledge Network

Lark Tavern

Madison Theater

Malta Drive-In


Maple Ski Ridge

Marra’s Pharmacy

Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Music Mobile

Norman Rockwell Museum


Okemo Mountain Resort

Drome Sound

Omni Development

Palace Theatre

Palais Royale

Peking Restaurant

Perecca’s Bakery

Price Chopper Supermarkets

Prinzo’s Bakery


Saratoga Harness Track

Saratoga Racecourse

Scotia Cinema

Shakespeare & Co


South End Tavern


Toll Gate Restaurant

Tom Spaulding Tattoo

Tough Traveler

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Union Inn

Verdile’s Restaurant



The Wine Shop




Random facts about Metroland


Comedian, actor and musician Jimmy Fallon, a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2004, and soon to be the host of NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, worked reception and sold classified ads for Metroland in 1995.

At least 10 employees (we think a few more) have left Metroland only to return for a second (or third) stint.

Jeff Jones, a Metroland staff writer during the late ’80s and early ’90s, was a member of the Weather Underground and was instrumental in the 1969 Days of Rage in Chicago; facing charges stemming from those violent protests, he skipped his court date and spent more than a decade living on the lam.

The Metroland softball team won the Media League championship twice in the 1990s.

In 1995, Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner called the Metroland office directly to complain to then-managing editor Stephen Leon about his unfavorable review of the band’s album Let Your Dim Light Shine.

 Metroland did not have computers until 1986. And we did not begin delivering finished pages to the printer electronically until 2005. Until then, we pasted all the ads and copy on cardboard and delivered these pages to our printer by courier.

Random facts about Metroland

 One production day in the early ’90s, staff writer Mike Goudreau took a “dead” (finished) page out of the box to read at his desk, and left it there, so it was not with the other pages delivered to the printer in Pittsfield. Managing editor Stephen Leon would have driven it himself, but he was about to board a train to Chicago. Leon scrambled and found a last-minute courier for the page.

Former Metroland art critic Ken Johnson went on to write for such notable publications as Art in America, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times.

Staff writer Mike Goudreau left Metroland in the late ’90s to work for VH1, where he is currently a supervising writer.

Managing Editor Erin Sullivan left Metroland in 2002 to work for the Baltimore City Paper, where she is currently managing editor; she also serves on the AAN board with Stephen Leon.

Michael Ackerman, who did freelance photography for Metroland in the late ’80s and early ’90s, has since become a highly regarded photographer and has had shows in New York and all over the world.

The Capital Region used to be called Metroland.

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